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Garba and Raas

Gujarat is a Land of Festivals. Performed during Navratri Celebrations, a festival of music and dance, the festival is enjoyed by all communities, all age groups and in all cities in Gujarat. People all over the world come to Gujarat especially to enjoy this traditional and religious festival.
The word Garbo or Garaba has originated from Sanskrit word "Garbhdeep"- an earthen pot with circular holes is popularly known as Garbo. The earthen pot is symbol of human body and the lighten lamp inside signifies the divine soul.
The significance of Navratri is offering devotion to Goddess Durga, who is believed to exist in many forms. These Goddesses are believed to be known as "Shakti" as the tales narrate their power over killing of demons. Parvati, the wife of Shiva is said to have taken different forms of goddesses. Devotees perform the 'devi-sthaapna' in their homes wherein they invite the Goddess and perform 'pooja-path' for nine days with fasting.
Religion is a holistic approach. Significance of the deities pointing the need for deriving solutions to problems and as believed, Durga triumphs over evil, Saraswati removes ignorance and Lakshmi brings prosperity.
Bhavai-Folk Drama
Garba and Raas


Dating back to the ancient era of Krishna, singing and dancing with ‘Flute’ and other Instruments with the dance forms like Garba, Garbi and Raas is the most popular Dance celebrations during Navratri in Gujarat. A legendary unique Folk Dance form also has variations with Dandia or stick Raas. There are different styles of executing dandiya steps like Dodhiyu, simple five, simple seven, popatiyu, Trikoniya (hand movement which forms an imagery triangle), Lehree, three claps, butterfly, hudo, two claps and many more.

Every year, Navratri festival brings in innovations in music, choreography, and costumes and has enthralled audience with its beauty and cultural tradition.

Some Folk Dance forms of Garba :

Maniaro Raas / Kanabi Raas Hudo
Vinchhudo Tippani
Dandiya Nritya Gop Ras
Kahalya Mer Ras
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